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August 15, 2018
THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY
|Last Year (2015)||Saturday, August 15|
|Present Year (2016)||Monday, August 15|
|Next Year (2017)||Tuesday, August 15|
This is one of the most auspicious events of Christian Community that is celebrated with a belief that only the Virgin Mary into heaven followed her death is assumed by God. Well, in different parts of the world, like Europe and South America it is celebrated in a different manner as per their rules and rituals.
The celebration of feast starts with colourful processions through the streets along with the firework displays that marks the celebration of the feast. A statue of the Virgin Mary is carried through the town to a ceremonial arch of flowers, where a group of people holding a statue of Christ awaits her arrival. Both statues are inclined toward each other three times, and then the Christ figure precedes the figure of Mary back to the parish church for a special benediction. Well, in some parts of the world there is a public holiday on this day. This feast is popular among people with different names like The Assumption of Mary into Heaven, The Dormition of the Theotokos, and The falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the old fest of the church and was originally celebrated in the East.
The symbols of the feast include night time bonfires and public illuminations, both probably symbolic of the Sun, in Italy. It further gives the message of prosperity by throwing the coins from windows down to the street in some cultures. Symbolic images of the Virgin Mary and her assumption into heaven have been associated with the day. The most interesting thing is that blue is the colour that is associated with the Virgin Mary. Not only is this, Lily which is a symbol of purity, chastity, and simplicity, also associated with the Virgin Mary.